The dean of Penn Law asked the faculty senate to impose “major sanctions” against law professor Amy Wax.
She has also allegedly said it is rational to fear Black men in an elevator and that Mexican males are more likely to assault women, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Law School Dean Ted Ruger made the accusations in a 12-page letter to the faculty senate. He is asking the senate to impose major sanctions against Wax that can include suspension or termination.
“Academic freedom for a tenured scholar is, and always has been, premised on a faculty member remaining fit to perform the minimal requirements of the job,” Ruger wrote in the letter, according to the Daily Penn. “However, Wax’s conduct demonstrates a ‘flagrant disregard of the standards, rules, or mission of the University.’”
Wax has long been a controversial figure on campus, but she has thrived under the protection of tenure.
Inside Higher Ed reports many students and faculty have been pushing for her removal for years, but this is the first time she has seriously faced punishment.
Some say this effort comes too late.
“Looking at the actual testimony of former students, it’s heartbreaking to see that people have had that experience, but it also just indicates that it’s already too late for some – she should have been fired a long time ago,” 2022 Penn Law graduate Apratim Vidyarthi said.
Others say any sanctions against Wax would be an attack on academic freedom.
“While members of the Penn community are free to denounce and challenge controversial statements, they cannot punish Wax for her expression without weakening free speech and tenure protections for all Penn faculty,” the group FIRE wrote in an article.
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